The Definition of Recoil Crossbolt
A steel bolt, mounted transversely through a rifle stock just under and behind the front (and sometimes rear) receiver ring,
sometimes concealed in the wood and usually against which the action is carefully bedded. When properly fitted, it helps distribute the recoil
and reinforces stock at the point where wood has been removed to accept the action. Recoil crossbolts can be recognized by the
flush-mounted circular steel fittings on the side of the stock, but are sometimes finished with contrasting wooden plugs and
sometimes concealed completely. Also called Reinforcing Crossbolt.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The departure of a bullet or shot charge from the normal line of flight. This can be caused by wind or the unbalanced spinning of the bullet.
The point where the projectile from a firearm hits.
A malfunction in which the spent case fails to eject from a semi-automatic firearm and blocks the chamber.
As the fresh round is brought forward it cannot enter the chamber. It is cleared by
stripping the magazine from the gun, racking the slide several times to eject the spent case, and then reloading.
The power of a projectile or a load of shot at the point that it exits the muzzle of a firearm, normally expressed in foot-pounds.
Hearing protection that fits inside the ear canal.
A sliding bar, running longitudinally through the watertable of a break-open side-by-side gun's action, with openings through which the
lumps of the barrels pass when the gun is closed. Under spring tension, this bar moves forward when the opening control is released and its
two locking surfaces engage complementary slots (bites) in the rear of the two barrel lumps. Originally operated by a hinged tab in front
of the trigger guard. Now invariably operated by a cam from Scott's [toplever] spindle. Most modern side-by-side guns lock closed in this manner.
Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock.
The earliest type of gun, now also popular as modern-made replicas, in which blackpowder and projectile(s) are
separately loaded in through the muzzle. The term is often applied to cap-and-ball revolvers where the loading is
done not actually through the muzzle but through the open ends of the cylinder's chambers.
A display of gunmaking skill with a possible benefit of strengthening the wrist of a heavily-recoiling rifle,
whereby the top tang of the action is made extra long, shaped and inletted into the top of the buttstock,
extending along the top of the wrist and up over the comb.
Popularized by Holland & Holland and adopted by several of the finest contemporary riflemakers in the USA.
The common part of a handgun to which the action, barrel and grip are connected.
On an outdoor shooting range, a large pile of dirt that functions as a backstop.
Most firearms do not have literal batteries. But a firearm is said to be in battery when the breech is fully closed and locked,
ready to fire. When the breech is open or unlocked, the gun is out of battery and no attempt should be made to fire it.
A semi-automatic is out of battery when the slide fails to come all the way forward again after the gun has fired, making it
dangerous or impossible to fire the next round. This condition can be created by a misfeed, a dirty gun, weak springs,
the shooter's thumbs brushing against the slide, riding the slide, or any of several other causes.
A term used in artillery to indicate a projectile impact beyond the designated target.
Refers to a visible dark ring created by the primers in centerfire ammunition around the firing pin hole in the frame after much use.
A type of firearm in which the action is in the open position and the chamber empty prior to firing.
When the trigger is pressed the bolt moves forward, chambering a cartridge and firing it and returning
to the open position. When firing is stopped the bolt remains open and the chamber empty.
That part of the stock on a rifle or shotgun into which the barrel fits.
Can also be spelled Over/Under, OverUnder or Over and Under.
A firearm (most commonly a shotgun) with two barrels that are vertically aligned with each other, one on top of the other.
A type of firearms magazine that is cylindrical in shape, similar to a drum.
Probably the most recognizable drum magazine is the magazine for a Thompson carbine rifle, also known as the Tommy Gun.
A metal jacketed bullet design in which the nose of the core of the bullet is exposed to ensure the expansion of the bullet upon impact.
Often abbreviated "JSP" or "SP." They tend to expand more slowly than a Hollow Point bullet and are used where deeper penetration and expansion are needed.